Milton to replace grass fields at Cox Road Athletic Complex with turf

Milton recently approved a $1,436,416 contract with Advanced Sports Group to convert two grass fields at the Cox Road Athletic Complex to turf. (Courtesy City of Milton)
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Milton recently approved a $1,436,416 contract with Advanced Sports Group to convert two grass fields at the Cox Road Athletic Complex to turf. (Courtesy City of Milton)

In an effort to expand the city’s number of athletic fields, the Milton City Council recently approved a $1,436,416 contract with Advanced Sports Group to convert two grass fields at the Cox Road Athletic Complex to turf.

The city acquired this facility in southwestern Milton in early 2020, but use has lagged behind Bell Memorial Park in part because of its lack of turf fields. In addition to these two fields, Milton has access to various IGA fields on Fulton County School properties, but these have limitations including a high risk of rainouts, lack of field lighting and inaccessibility to quality restrooms. The Cox Road Athletic Complex fields and school fields do not have field fencing to keep the balls within the playing surface.

With this new contract, the city will add artificial turf on the Cox complex’s two large fields and reconfiguring them for use for lacrosse, football, soccer, baseball and other sports.

Project costs includes artificial turf, fencing and netting for both fields, a natural infill material that creates a cooler surface for participant safety and football goal posts.

Funding for 89.85% the project will come from IMPACT Fees, while the remaining balance will be funded by the Cox Road Athletic Complex capital account.